Celebrations, Sept. 30, 2018

October 1, 2018

Faces & places

Forty New Mexico nonprofits have received a total of $750,000 toward their missions through grants from the PNM Resources Foundation’s New Century of Service Grant Program. Here are the local recipients:

Reuinity Resources of Santa Fe was awarded the program’s 2018 New Century of Service grant of $50,000 to expand its operations so it can take over a community farm that donates to local food aid efforts, trains young farmers and offers paid apprenticeships to homeless and at-risk youth.

Innovate-Educate of Santa Fe received a $25,000 New Century grant.

Organizations that won $10,000 grants include the Samaritan House Inc. of Las Vegas, N.M.; the New Mexico Wildlife Center of Española; and the following groups from Santa Fe: the Community Learning Network, Cooking With Kids Inc., Girls Inc., MIX Santa Fe, the New Mexico Land Conservancy, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations and SITE Santa Fe.

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The seventh annual Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive collected the equivalent of 222,618 pounds of food — 22,618 pounds more than this year’s set goal. More than 100 local homeowners associations, businesses and groups in the county participated, according to a news release.

Staff and volunteers from the Food Depot, the city of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County collected food at various collection locations Sept. 15. Donations were also accepted at the Food Depot.

The food drive has grown since its first year, when 18 neighborhoods donated 3,565 pounds of food and $725.

Education standouts

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named about 16,000 semifinalists in the organization’s 64th annual scholarship program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Following are high school seniors from the area who were named on list of semifinalists:

From Los Alamos High School: Alina K. Bulthuis,Liam N. Devlin, Antonio T. Dowdy, Do T.Vo, Peter A. Watson, Sonyia J. Williams and Steven Zhao.

From Santa Fe High School: Maxwell Lyons and Ella L. Nichols.

From Taos High School: Zachary R. Ginn and Cade J. Harris.

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Los Alamos High School graduate Carmella Scorcia Pacheco, who earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Mexico in Spanish, marketing and international management and a Master of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Hispanic Southwest studies, has been accepted to the University of Arizona to pursue a doctorate in Spanish and border studies as a university fellow.

The multicultural character and history of her hometown, Los Alamos, as well as her studies in Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua and Ecuador have greatly influenced Carmella’s research on cultural hybridity, social justice and resistance in all the manifestations and genres of expressive culture, says a statement on her acceptance.

Carmella’s research and goal as a doctoral student is to raise awareness of histories that influence border communities and to create tools to facilitate broader discussions about the politics of difference. One objective of her work is to enable more inclusive and expressive cultures, particularly as manifested in music, language, literature and the arts.

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Several local students were among nearly 400 who graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., after the spring semester.

From Santa Fe: Kendall Currier, an art major; Lukas Kerr, who majored in biology; Deionna Vigil, another biology major; and Charine Gonzales, an English major.

From Taos: Marcus Martinez, whose major was writing.

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